Rustic Tamarillo and Apple Tart

Apple balances the intense flavour of tamarillos with the citrus zest adding subtle fragrance. Served with a scoop of ice cream or dollops of whipped cream makes this tart simply irresistible. I like to prepare the tamarillos ahead so they have plenty of time to sweeten up a bit. You can leave them in the […]

Ginger Loaf with Pear and Butterscotch Sauce

In combination this is a wonderful dessert, but there is nothing stopping you slicing a piece of ginger loaf for afternoon tea or pouring the butterscotch sauce over good old vanilla ice cream. 125g butter ¾ cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 cup flour 1½ tsp ground ginger 1 tsp baking powder Cream the butter […]

Chocolate and Orange Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread and butter puddings have turned rather fancy of late. While rich brioche or croissants do make a delicious pud, there is something to be said for the simplicity of the pudding’s origins and using and inexpensive loaf of white bread, especially for a simple weeknight pudding that screams comfort food. 25g butter, softened 8–10 […]

Lemon, Rhubarb and Coconut Cake

This cheesecake-like dessert was an instant hit for family Sunday night dinner, so there were no complaints when I had to test it a few more times! Warning, it is big, rich and sweet, which is probably why it was a hit. The tartness of the lemon and rhubarb add a little balance, so if […]

Baked Chocolate Chestnut Mousse

Recipe: Wayne Good | Photography: Ashlee DeCaires 150g dark chocolate 1⅓ cups chestnut puree (available from La Cave) ⅔ cup cream 4 large eggs, separated ⅓ cup caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract   Heat your oven to 170°C. In a double boiler, heat the chocolate, chestnut puree and cream over a medium heat, to melt the chocolate and soften the puree. Once the chocolate is […]

Snickers Bites

Perfect for the mid-afternoon slump, these bite-sized treats are reminiscent of the classic Snickers bar. 15x Medjool dates ¼ cup peanut butter ½ cup dark chocolate, chopped 1 tsp coconut oil flaky sea salt – optional (I used Opito Bay Sea Salt) Cut a slit in each date and remove the pit. Fill each date […]

Baked Pancake w/ Vanilla Custard and Apple Compote

Bring on Brunch with Hayes Common Brunch, possibly the best innovation in mealtimes! And what better way to spend a leisurely weekend brunch than with some friends at a great spot like Hayes Common. These guys know how to brunch! For the traditionalists who love a big breakfast, their Commoner has free range eggs, thick […]

Semifreddo with Seasonal Fruits

Recipe Bar Centrale, Images Brydie Thompson This light and refreshing dessert will please kids and grown-ups on a warm sunny day. You can use any fresh seasonal fruits, but I would recommend strawberry and mint. 3 eggs 2 egg yolks ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 cup caster sugar 500g fresh strawberries, halved (or quartered if […]

Roasted Black Doris Plum, Cinnamon Waffles and Dukkha Praline

Recipe Harriet Boucher, Images Ashlee Decaires One way to win over mum is to whip these up for a breakfast-in-bed treat! You can make the plums well in advance if they are bountiful. Warm them up before serving if they aren’t fresh out of the oven. The dukkha praline adds a nutty, sweet but savoury […]

Caramelised Pineapple + Lime Sundae with Coconut Macaroons

Recipe and Images Emma Galloway Macaroons are traditionally shaped into cookies before baking, but for these I thought it would be nice to cook the mixture in one piece and then break it up into random shards to serve. If preferred, shape into small cookies before baking. Serves 4 1 litre of your favourite vanilla […]